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Muriel Chase


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Muriel Chase Obituary
Muriel Chase Founder and Executive Director of Lynn City Mission and Brookline Food Co-op, and former Brookline Town Meeting Member, 1995-2002, passed away, aged 80, on 5 July 2015, following a catastrophic stroke. In losing Muriel we have lost a good person and a unique human being. Muriel dedicated the greater part of her adult life to the project of feeding the hungry, through an organization she founded, the Lynn City Mission, which began nearly 35 years ago and continues today, providing free food to about 3,000 people every two weeks. Muriel wrote: ``One of the most fundamental requests of mankind comes in the Lords Prayer give us this day our daily bread. The prayer includes all mankind regardless of income, nationality, and locality. Muriel was born 25 April 1935 in Tallahassee, Florida. Her parents were Augustus C Phillips Sr. and Juanita Mary Phillips. Muriel graduated from Sumner High School in St. Louis at age 16, going to St. Louis University where she graduated with a Masters in English in 1956, when she was 21 years old. For 2 years she taught English at Sumner High. In 1958, because of her being "conscious of her spiritual need", she decided to pursue a lifelong desire to be a missionary, quitting her teaching position, and went to Indianapolis, Indiana to attend the Christian Theological Seminary. After graduation she continued pursuing education by graduating first from Yale Divinity School and later Harvard Divinity School, an experience that inspired her to found the Lynn City Mission, to which she was so devoted. In 1972 she married Christopher Loring Chase and to this union was born Augustus Chase. She is survived by her son Augustus and two brothers, Augustus C Phillips Jr (Sandra) of St. Louis, MO; John R. Phillips (Emily) of Charleston, SC.; nephews Anthony Phillips, Bryan Phillips and a niece, Lauren Phillips. All are welcome to a memorial celebration of her life in the MLK Room, Brookline High School, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, 30 July. Light refreshments will be served, to which attendees are welcome to contribute.
Published in The Brookline Tab from July 28 to Aug. 6, 2015
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